Steve McQueen (1930-1980) is among the most iconic actors of his generation. He brought a detached cool presence in a swathe of wildly popular roles, including Bullitt, The Great Escape and The Thomas Crowne Affair.
McQueen dates this cheque December 12, 1958. He got his breakout role in September that year, starring as Josh Randall in TV western Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958-1961).
The payee is Broadway Hollywood, a Los Angeles department store, while the sum is $12.42. That’s just over $100 in today’s money. Perhaps McQueen was treating himself to celebrate his recent success. It's housed in a large and visually impressive 22 x 33 inch frame, complete with barbed wire and a mounted photograph of McQueen.
McQueen’s autograph is unusually rare for an actor of his stature, as he hated signing for fans. The few signatures in circulation are typically found on cheques.
N.B The cheque can easily be removed from its frame should you wish to present it in an alternate fashion.
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